Cybersecurity can sound daunting, but it doesn’t have to be!
Check out these tips below from our team at Cumberland Bank and Trust! We want to help you be as safe online as possible. Got questions? Stop in to any of our locations in Clarksville, TN or give us a call at 931.503.8282 today!
- Be aware of cybersecurity threats to your computer, smart phone and personal information. Don’t become a victim of identity theft or monetary loss.
- Practice good password management. Use a strong mix of characters, and don’t use the same password for multiple sites. Don’t share your password with others, don’t write it down, and definitely don’t write it on a post-it note attached to your monitor. Use separate passwords for any sites with confidential and/or personal financial information. i.e. online banking.
- Do not leave your devices unattended. If you need to leave your computer, phone, or tablet for any length of time—no matter how short—lock it up so no one can use it while you’re gone. If you keep sensitive information on a flash drive or external hard drive, make sure the device is encrypted or password protected.
- Be careful when clicking on attachments or links in email. If it’s unexpected or suspicious for any reason, don’t click on it. You can “hover” your mouse pointer over a web address (URL) in an email to reveal the true link.
- Browsing that requires you to enter financial information, such as banking or shopping, should only be done on a device that belongs to you, on a network that you trust. Whether it’s a friend’s phone, a public computer, or a cafe’s free WiFi—your data could be copied or stolen.
- Back up your data regularly, and make sure your anti-virus software is always up to date.
- Be careful what you plug in to your computer. Malware can be spread through infected flash drives, external hard drives, and even smartphones. Bad guys will even leave CDs that appear to contain music or photos in a public place hoping you will pick up and load into your computer.
- Watch what you’re sharing on social networks. Bad guys can easily gain access to an amazing amount of information—where you go to school, where you work, when you’re on vacation—that could help them steal your identity.
- Offline, be wary of social engineering, where someone attempts to gain information from you through manipulation. You may get a call from someone who says they represent a financial institution or even the IRS asking for confidential information. Find the legitimate number for the supposed caller and call it. Never give your social security number, bank account or credit card information to a caller.
- Be sure to monitor your accounts for any suspicious activity. If you see something unfamiliar, it could be a sign that you’ve been compromised.
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